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Temporal range: Early Pliocene - Recent
Mesocricetus auratus (golden).jpg
Mesocricetus auratus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Cricetinae
Genus: Mesocricetus
Nehring, 1894

Mesocricetus auratus
Mesocricetus brandti
Mesocricetus newtoni
Mesocricetus raddei

Mesocricetus is a genus of Old World hamsters, including the Syrian or golden hamster, the first hamster to be introduced as a domestic pet, and still the most popular species of hamster for that purpose.

Recent research has shown that, unlike almost all other land mammals studied, all species of this genus lack the capacity for color vision.[1]



  1. ^ Williams, Gary A. (2008). "Absence of functional short-wavelength sensitive cone pigments in hamsters (Mesocricetus)". Journal of Comparative Physiology A. 194: 429–439. doi:10.1007/s00359-008-0316-4.